NAB Welcomes Capitol Hill Backup on Fees

WASHINGTON—The NAB is welcoming phrases of assist from congressional allies of each events in its battle towards increased FCC regulatory charges.Rep. Tom Emmer of Minnesota is co-founder and chair of the Congressional Broadcasters Caucus. He despatched a letter to Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel with the signatures of 93 fellow legislators.He advised Rosenworcel that the pending price improve (opens in new tab) “is appalling and out-of-step with regulatory prices for some other business underneath the FCC’s jurisdiction.” The letter asks Rosenworcel to elucidate the advantages and to justify why broadcasters will see a better price of improve than different sectors.It mentioned the hikes will erode strained station budgets and that “the American individuals will probably be pressured to pay the value with decreased entry to trusted native information and knowledge providers.” Emmer’s letter echoed NAB’s arguments that the fee is forcing broadcasters to bear heavy prices to subsidize massive tech firms that profit from the FCC’s work. (Read the letter (opens in new tab).)NAB President/CEO Curtis LeGeyt thanked Emmer and his colleagues “for his or her bipartisan management in working to right-size the FCC’s charges in order that broadcasters aren’t paying greater than our share on the expense of the unparalleled free and native service we offer.”The FCC plan would improve broadcasters’ charges by 13%, which the NAB says works out to about $7.3 million. “The deliberate price improve on broadcasters quantities to almost your complete $7.95 million enlargement of the FCC’s funds.”This article initially appeared on TV Tech sister model Radio World.

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